Review – Hide And Seed – Putney, London
There are many places to eat in and around Putney, most of them on the high street but if you are willing to walk a little further you will find Hide and Seed at the Lodge Hotel. I was recently offered the chance to dine here so off I ventured.
The signage for the hotel is discreet (I nearly missed it) and the locals I know didn’t know there was a restaurant here.
I was therefore surprised on entering to find a very pleasant and ambient place for my dining shenanigans that night.
The restaurant itself is lined on one side with a fabulous bookshelf filled with interesting titles and on the other decorated with black and white sporting prints. The tables are set with lovely linens, silverware and on this occasion fresh geraniums. Setting it all off are some glorious chandeliers and I do love a chandelier.
I opted for two starters, after all I do have a good appetite. The courgette ravioli (which does not contain pasta just in case you thought it might) and the croquettes. The ravioli was tasty although on the light side especially when compared to the more substantial croquettes. Filled with cod and serrano ham these were delicious and I really enjoyed the coriander sauce that came with. A first for me and a triumph in my opinion.
For the main I opted for the 8oz steak. It was cooked to a perfect medium-rare as per my request and beautifully presented, I would say though, that some elements of the dish, including the plate were on the lighter side of warm. I also felt that the dishes were under-seasoned but as there are condiments on the table this wasn’t a big deal.
My final course was the cheeseboard and a liquer coffee.
The coffee was great. Full-bodied and definetly contained whisky, happy days. The cheeseboard I found to be a bit meh, that’s a technical term don’t you know. It was also served straight from the fridge. If you are going to order this I would recommend letting chef know ahead of time so that the cheeses have time to come to room temperature. It does make a difference.
Apart from a few small details I enjoyed my night. The setting is lovely and the service was friendly and efficient. If I was to give one piece of advice it would be for the waiting staff to have more knowledge on the dishes. I find that more people these days like to know where their meat and food is sourced. I found it somewhat amusing when asked for an explanation of the cheeseboard to be told it was ‘brie, cheddar and stilton. I think the brie is from France’. Also if dishes have run out it’s a good idea to know this ahead of time, the man on the table next to me needed to re-order twice, the restaurant wasn’t full so……. Giving a fuller explanation of dishes and where they are from all adds to a top dining experience.
To end I would say that if you are looking to try somewhere new in Putney with an intimate setting and great quality of food then you should check this place out. Next time I’m in Putney I will happily return and look forward to it